The President's Message
Asso.Prof. Dr TRAN VAN NAM
President of The University of Danang
Being a major university in Central Vietnam and the Western Highlands, over the past thirty years, the University of Danang (UD) has provided the country with hundreds of thousands of cadres and personnel in multiple disciplines ranging from engineering, technology, economics and business administration to foreign languages and teacher training. The UD alumni are currently holding important positions in all aspects of the local and regional socio-economy. UD has 8 member colleges and affiliated units with nearly 2,000 staff and over 70,000 students of different types of training, which to a certain extent indicates the size and the importance of UD in the whole higher education system of Vietnam.
If, in the late 90s UD’s goal was to provide mass training for the working population in response to the immediate needs of rebuilding the country, then the institution is now gearing towards training a contingent of qualified and high quality human resources with leadership skills, strategic vision, sharp thinking, and sound adaptability to the world of work in the age of integration. Hence, the quality of training and research is always the number-one priority in all guidelines and policies of UD.
With a view to responding well to the training demands of the new age, UD has made constant renovations in training and management. Since 2006, the new credit-based training system has been adopted in all UD colleges. The entire school management system has been being reshaped to meet the ISO standards. UD is one of the very first institutions that have engaged in the Vietnam’s training quality accreditation system, and several spearhead disciplines have been accredited by international accreditation bodies.
The integration between training and research with teaching-research team model which is in progress at UD shows its suitability and applicability in the process and endeavor of enhancing its existing training quality. Thanks to major and in-depth investment programs by the State, in recent years, UD has built a number of modern laboratories and research centers, along with team-based training of staff allowing the institution to speed up the development while expanding the scope of postgraduate training and research. Many projects involving research and technology transfer by UD have been licensed with patents and applied in practice.
Fostering international cooperation for student and faculty exchanges so as to promote professional development, curriculum renovations and pedagogical change is one of the goals pursued by UD since its establishment. Collaborative training programs with international degrees awarded are increasing in number, facilitating access by many a student in Central Vietnam and the Western Highlands to advanced training programs in the world.
Developing UD into a Research University by 2020 with its key roles as training highly qualified workforce and being a major centre for research and international exchange for Central Vietnam and the Western Highlands has become the determination and strong will of UD’s staff and students. The construction projects of UD Village on a 300-ha area, and of 100-ha UD Branch in Kontum Province are underway, which will undoubtedly create a new face for UD. The synchronous development of physical facilities and highly qualified and capable staff will fuel the institutional achievement of the set goals.
The University of Danang, the incubator of intellects and talents for the development of Central Area and Western Highlands of Vietnam , will enable you to make your dreams come true!